3 reasons Tua Tagovailoa will not have a Josh Allen type leap
By Juan Vasquez
Josh Allen is a better passer, even if Tua Tagovailoa is more accurate:
Nobody is going to deny that Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is one of the most accurate passers in the league, but accuracy isn’t the only factor when it comes to evaluating a refined passer.
Can you throw under pressure? Can you throw on the run? Can you throw deep? Can you throw your WRs in stride? Can you hit a seam over the middle? Can you throw outside the numbers? Can you throw your receiver into space when there is none? The list goes on.
Only a talent like Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes can throw 50 yards down the field on the run, backing up under pressure, or throw while getting sacked.
Also, can you be accurate on passes thrown beyond 10-20 yards? Not every pass needs to be a bomb, but the ability to take the top off the defense at any time is a game-changing threat.
But most importantly. Can you throw in do-or-die situations? So far Tagovailoa has played in 2 do or die games. @ Buffalo 2020 and @ Tennessee 2022.
In these games, Tua Tagovailoa has completed 53 of 96 pass attempts (55% completion). 1 Touchdown, 4 INTs, 3 fumbles, and a QB rating of 57.8.
I know what many people are going to say:
“Well you’re highlighting Tua’s worst performances, anyone can paint a bad picture like that.”
I’m not highlighting only Tua Tagovailoa’s worst performances, I’m highlighting the two biggest games of his NFL career where he had the Miami Dolphins playoff berth in his hands. Unfortunately for Tua when the stakes were the highest, he folded.
This is the reason many teams are stuck in purgatory with no way out, looking at you Detroit. Jared Goff ain’t it.
Luckily for the Miami Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa is on a trajectory to probably meet franchise requirements, he’s not a Jared Goff. But he’s barely meeting the requirements instead of knocking them out of the park. And that’s a problem when he was sold to Miami as a generational talent.
The reason some QBs fold under pressure, and others shine is quite simple.